BlazBlue: Alter Memory – 01
OP: 「BLUE BLAZE」 by Faylan
「赤き反逆者」 (Akaki Hangyaku-sha)
“The Red Rebel”
If you’re a fan of the games there will probably be something for you to enjoy. For the rest of us, I’m not so sure.
The Story So Far
I’m not going to bother recounting the story so far because they weren’t especially interested in explaining it. I’m not saying it was confusing – it was actually relatively easy to follow, counter to what I expected – but there were certain elements they’re not even trying to explain, and they seem content to keep it that way so far. This smacks of a problem I did expect, and which has proven to be largely true – that they’re making this anime for fans of the games, and for those who haven’t played them, they’re not wasting a lot of time explaining things, getting us interested in the characters, or anything else.
Speaking of, the characters. Their character designs were varied and interesting, as I knew they would be, but so far I find myself enjoying them mostly because of the seiyuu and not because of the characters themselves. I liked Tao (Saito Chiwa) because of Saito Chiwa being all genki (though it felt like a bit much after a while), while I liked Rachel Alucard (Ueda Kana) and Hazama (Nakamura Yuuichi) for the same reasons. On the other hand I didn’t really like Sugita Tomokazu’s performance as Ragna the Bloodedge (it was all anger and yelling, with none of his characteristic skill and charm), nor Kakihara Tetsuya’s Kisaragi Jin. The only character I really liked on their own merits was Noel Vermillion (Kondou Kanako), if only because she’s kind, has a strong sense of duty, and is apparently a reincarnation of Saya or something. I hope that’s not a spoiler; I haven’t played the games, but damn that was obvious!
But you’re not here for the story or the characters, are you? You’re here for the fights! Well, they’re okay. They’re not bad, I could give them a pretty good, but they’re not superb by any means. I do think they have that sudden reversal feel of a fighting game though, which fits well, even if I would have preferred they changed up things to make it more cinematic. We need to see more, though; both of the fights so far involved large amount of curb-stomping, so this may change when we get a more even battle. Or anything involving Noel. For some reason I think that fight would be fun.
Looks like Ragna is about to lose again? Once again, not too sure about that part, but I guess we’ll see. I don’t have any plans to blog this one, so I’m afraid you’re on your own from here. Have a good one!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – This show isn’t interested in explaining itself to anime-only viewers & the fights were lopsided. I hope the action gets better #BLAZBLUE 01
- The OP appears to have borrowed a lot of scenes from this very episode. I hope it’s a temporary one due to production delays, because otherwise that’s damn lazy.
- My favorite thing about this episode? The joke in the preview about the jinx on anime based on fighting games. The sad part is that the studios have done little to dispel the jinx.
ED: 「REINCARNATION BLUE」 by 結城アイラ (Yuuki Aira)